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Those Italians do it again
Charles Goren
December 07, 1959
The cast was new, the setting was different, but the plot had a familiar ring as Italy, showing only occasional lapses, ran off with another European Championship
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December 07, 1959

Those Italians Do It Again

The cast was new, the setting was different, but the plot had a familiar ring as Italy, showing only occasional lapses, ran off with another European Championship

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Reese's double was a conventional bid for a take-out, showing a good hand. With eight points, Avarelli was compelled to ignore the intervening double and, with a choice of suits, to prefer his four-card major. East's raise to two hearts announced both that he had four-card support and a minimum hand.

Reese now jumped to three spades and, though Schapiro huddled for quite a long time, he eventually decided to pass. My own feeling is that the spade king and the doubleton queen of hearts justified his taking some action, and that action could not be anything but a raise to four spades. As I play, the double followed by a jump bid is a request to carry on unless partner's hand is entirely worthless, which Schapiro's was not.

In the other room, the bidding also stopped short.

EAST
(Konstam)

PASS
DOUBLE
PASS
PASS

SOUTH
(Forquet)

1 [Spade]
2 [Spade]
3 [Spade]

WEST
(Meredith)

PASS
3 [Club]
PASS

NORTH
(Chiaradia)

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